Weather-Related Deaths and Injuries
Over the last five years, weather-related deaths are up 35% from 2017, while the number of weather events have increased 7% and injuries have decreased 15%. In 2021, 61,105 weather events resulted in 974 deaths and 1,667 injuries. Winter weather, heat, and floods were responsible for the most deaths during 2021. The largest number of reported injuries resulted from tornadoes, winter weather, and high winds (including thunderstorm winds). The most deadly weather events in the United States over the past five years include Hurricane Irma, the 2021 drought and heat wave, and the California wildfires.